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Living with Bad Surroundings War History and Everyday

Since 1986 the Acholi people of northern Uganda have lived in the crossfire of a violent civil war with the Lord's Resistance Army and other groups fighting the Ugandan government Acholi have been murdered maimed and forced into displacement Thousands of children have been abducted and forced into fighting Many observers have perceived Acholiland and northern Uganda to be an exception in contemporary Uganda which has been celebrated by the international community for its increased political stability and particularly for its fight against AIDS In this narrative the Acholi are portrayed as war prone whether because of religious fanaticism or intractable ethnic hatredsIn Living with Bad Surroundings Sverker Finnstrom rejects these characterizations and he challenges other simplistic explanations for the violence in northern Uganda Foregrounding the narratives of individual Acholi Finnstrom enables those most affected by the ongoing dirty war to explain how they participate in comprehend survive and even resist it Finnstrom draws on fieldwork conducted in northern Uganda between 1997 and 2006 to describe how the Acholi especially the younger generation those born into the era of civil strife understand and attempt to control their moral universe and material circumstancesStructuring his argument around indigenous metaphors and images notably the Acholi concepts of good and bad surroundings he vividly renders struggles in war and the related ills of impoverishment sickness and marginalization In this rich ethnography Finnstrom provides a clear eyed assessment of the historical cultural and political underpinnings of the civil war while maintaining his focus on Acholi efforts to achieve good surroundings viable futures for themselves and their familiesSince 1986 the Acholi people of northern Uganda have lived in the crossfire of a violent civil war with the Lord's Resistance Army and other groups fighting the Ugandan government Acholi have been murdered maimed and forced into displacement Thousands of children have been abducted and forced into fighting Many observers have perceived Acholiland and northern Uganda to be an exception in contemporary Uganda which has been celebrated by the international community for its increased political stability and particularly for its fight against AIDS In this narrative the Acholi are portrayed as war prone whether because of religious fanaticism or intractable ethnic hatredsIn Living with Bad Surroundings Sverker Finnstrom rejects these characterizations and he challenges other simplistic explanations for the violence in northern Uganda Foregrounding the narratives of individual Acholi Finnstrom enables those most affected by the ongoing dirty war to explain how they participate in comprehend survive and even resist it Finnstrom draws on fieldwork conducted in northern Uganda between 1997 and 2006 to describe how the Acholi especially the younger generation those born into the era of civil strife understand and attempt to control their moral universe and material circumstancesStructuring his argument around indigenous metaphors and images notably the Acholi concepts of good and bad surroundings he vividly renders struggles in war and the related ills of impoverishment sickness and marginalization In this rich ethnography Finnstrom provides a clear eyed assessment of the historical cultural and political underpinnings of the civil war while maintaining his focus on Acholi efforts to achieve good surroundings viable futures for themselves and their familiesSince 1986 the Acholi people of northern Uganda have lived in the crossfire of a violent civil war with the Lord's Resistance Army and other groups fighting the Ugandan government Acholi have been murdered maimed and forced into displacement Thousands of children have been abducted and forced into fighting Many observers have perceived Acholiland and northern Uganda to be an exception in contemporary Uganda which has been celebrated by the international community for its increased political stability and particularly for its fight against AIDS In this narrative the Acholi are portrayed as war prone whether because of religious fanaticism or intractable ethnic hatredsIn Living with Bad Surroundings Sverker Finnstrom rejects these characterizations and he challenges other simplistic explanations for the violence in northern Uganda Foregrounding the narratives of individual Acholi Finnstrom enables those most affected by the ongoing dirty war to explain how they participate in comprehend survive and even resist it Finnstrom draws on fieldwork conducted in northern Uganda between 1997 and 2006 to describe how the Acholi especially the younger generation those born into the era of civil strife understand and attempt to control their moral universe and material circumstancesStructuring his argument around indigenous metaphors and images notably the Acholi concepts of good and bad surroundings he vividly renders struggles in war and the related ills of impoverishment sickness and marginalization In this rich ethnography Finnstrom provides a clear eyed assessment of the historical cultural and political underpinnings of the civil war while maintaining his focus on Acholi efforts to achieve good surroundings viable futures for themselves and their families